SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown announced that Oregon will be assisting with federal efforts to resettle refugee families after a massive shakeup in Afghanistan.
Following US troops leaving the country, major cities fell to the Taliban one by one without a fight, and thousands have raced to the airport, desperate to flee the country.
"Over the last two decades, thousands of Afghans have worked alongside U.S. military service members, as interpreters and translators and in other roles, risking their lives as they contributed to our efforts in their country," Brown said.
While the Taliban is portraying itself as more moderate than when they imposed a strict form of Islamic rule in the late 1990s, many Afghans remain skeptical.
Brown said women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and equal rights advocates are at risk.
“Oregon is ready to welcome any and all Afghans who would make our state their home,” Brown said in a statement.
Brown said resettling refugees is a lifeline the country provides for survivors of violence and oppression. Oregon has welcomed more than 75,000 refugees since 1975, Brown added.
As far as how local veterans are feeling about what's going on in Afghanistan, there are a few who are worried.
"It's just unfortunate and I had to reflect back on my time, knowing that, you know, when I was there, I did the mission that I was supposed to do and I hope that my mission served and helped the Afghan people," said Trevor Fahlman, an Afghanistan veteran.
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